Be Careful Little Mouth
Recently I've been thinking about the ways we treat one another. As more events go back on the calendar, we have more opportunities to interact. Hopefully among Christians our interactions are positive and uplifting. But what if they're not?
I am convinced that a major source of hurt and division among believers is not our disagreements themselves, but how we voice them. Some seem to think it's acceptable to criticize, slander, and belittle others to make a point. Sisters, this is wrong.
James could not be plainer: "Do not speak against one another" (James 4:11). Next time you're tempted to speak ill of someone, don't. If you've hurt someone with your words, apologize. Take a long look at passages like Ephesians 4 and consider how to speak only in ways that reflect Christ. That's how we build one another up in love.